The most common way to correct ptosis (blephatoptosis) is through a facial cosmetic procedure called blepharoplasty where excessive skin covering the pupil and blocking the normal vision is cut away by plastic surgeon exposing the eye.
Eyelids droop naturally to cause you to appear worn out and tired. That is why more and more common people are picking to have eyelid operation. However in case of ptosis the condition can be quite problematic. In most cases blepharoplasty helps provide you with a younger look but in case of blepharoptosis it can relieve an irritating condition and improve vision. Upper blepharoplasty is commonly known as the upper eyelid surgery and lower blepharoplasty is commonly known as the lower eyelid surgery.
There are two types of blepharoplasty, upper and lower. Upper blepharoplsty is the most common way to relieve ptosis however depending on the severity of the condition lower blepharoplasty may be required as well
It will take about 2-3 hours to conduct the surgery. The stitches are usually removed after 5 days and the swelling subsides within 10 days.
The operation itself is relatively simple. The surgeon would make a small incision on every eye, usually on the eye crease or in a place that has a very natural skin fold, and will often use very small (micro) stiches. The process is outpatient, which means the patient will go home shortly following the procedure.
In the last 20 years there have been a huge improvements in blepharoplasty surgery, surgical tools and most importantly the techniques. In the late 1990’s a new transconjunctival approach was developed by Dr. Geroulis at the University of Chicago Medicine where there are no visible scars. All incisions are made on the inside of the eyelid making the blepharoplasty procedure even more efficient.
What to expect after surgery?
It’s normal to have redness, swelling, the skin feeling as well as the eyes feeling tired and heavy in the beginning. Strategy for a few time off of life so you could regain with a lot of cold compresses and rests. In addition it’s not unusual to experience some blurry eyesight for the first day or two.
In some severe cases of blepharoptosis there have been instances where the skin and even underlying bone and muscles structures around the eyes are so badly damaged and/or effected that the simple removal of eyelid skin is no longer an option. In these cases surgeons sometimes conduct a reconstructive brow lift and if necessary even a reconstructive forehead lift.